I remember singing this song as a youth with the accompanying fear that what the eye was seeing was not always so good. I know the idea was to make me aware that I couldn’t hide my evil deeds or thoughts from God. Considering how hard it was to hide them from my mother it wasn’t much of a surprise that God was in on everything. I didn’t think of this in any possible positive light. That song was a constant reminder of my inability to live a righteous life. It was a scary thought to say the least.
Its possible that this idea of an all seeing eye came from Psalm 139:7 which reads, “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence.” Later in the psalm David says to God, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Reading this psalm is like looking at a glass that is 50% of capacity. It can be positive or negative depending on how we see God.
“His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.” God is watching me, no question about it. I have to decide if his watching is to do me harm or to do me good. Many think that their behavior is what determines which of those two reactions will come from God? His love is not conditional on me but rather on him. My friend, God knows what we were before and who we are now. Here are two important things to know about the all seeing eye and the Christian’s life.
One. We cannot earn God’s love. Its not for sale nor can it be bargained for. While we were still sinners, God saved us by the son of his love.
Two. We cannot achieve your own salvation. We cannot make ourselves pure. We cannot live a life without sin and we cannot pay the high cost of that sin. When we have done all we can do (good) we will still be unrighteous.
There is an all seeing eye watching me. Watching over me. Looking out for me. Loving me and caring for me. There is a God who is searching my heart and he sees his Spirit there. He does not see my sin, he sees my savior. He comforts me and assures me that I am his and no one can take me from him.
I pray, “Never take your eyes off of me God because without you I will stumble and fall. Never leave my heart, God for without you I will lose my way. I am so glad I cannot go from your spirit or flee from your presence. “